Simbhaoli becomes largest ethanol producer in India

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Lucknow, Nov 7 (UNI) Simbhaoli Sugars Ltd (SSL), one of biggest private sugar mills Uttar Pradesh, claimed to have become the largest producers of ethanol in the country after commissioning of the Brijnathpur plant in Ghaziabad district today.

The molasses based ethanol manufacturing plant with an installed capacity of 60 kilo liters per day (KLD) has been set up with a cost of Rs 40 crore at the adjacent to SSL's Brijnathpur sugar plant.

With the start of Brijnathpur distillery facility, SSL's total ethanol/alcohol production capacity has now reached 210 KLD.

SSL Executive Director G S C Rao in a statement said now Simbhaoli had become one of the largest producers of ethanol in the country.'' We envisage higher revenues from our ethanol/ alcohol business as Simbhaoli is poised to benefit from centre's ethanol blended petrol (EBP) programme and also because of its proximity to key markets of Delhi, UP and Haryana'', he said.

He said getting into ethanol production is part of the company's strategy to derisk business model and getting into non sugar businesses such as fuel Ethanol, potable alcohol, ENA, power cogeneration.'' We are now having three integrated sugar complexes, one of the largest in the country'', he added.

The company is already supplying over 12 million liters of ethanol to oil majors such as Indian Oil and BPCL in various states including state of UP. The diversification towards ethanol is part of Rs 480 crore growth plan chalked out by SSL which was started in the year 2004-05.

The Company's total ethanol/ alcohol production capacity is now 210 KLD, one of the highest in the country.

Simbhaoli, operates three technologically advanced sugar manufacturing facilities in North India and are capable of manufacturing up to 300,000 metric tons per annum (MTPA) of sugar.

In addition, the capacities are capable to refine raw sugar to the extent of 60,000 MTPA.

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